The hotel security guard at the centre of the £8.5million Kardashian heist has told how he tried to comfort terrified Kim as she was bound and gagged in her room by jewel thieves.
The traumatised Algerian father-of-one, who asked to be identified only by his first name – Abdulrahman – because of fears for his safety, told MailOnline that he pleaded with the robbers not to harm Kim, but admitted that he let them in to her luxury Parisian apartment and even acted as the gang’s interpreter.
In a world exclusive interview, he said:
‘I went up to the apartment with the robbers. I was tied up in the first minutes, with handcuffs. I was in the room of Kim Kardashian. One was attacking her, the second one was with me. I saw Kim being pulled out of bed.'
The PhD student, who works part-time as a security guard to fund his studies, revealed how he desperately tried to throw the robbers off the scent by claiming not to know who Kim was, then was marched to her door ‘by the scruff of his neck’ and forced to open it with a spare key from the front desk. He watched in horror as the star said she only had a small amount in cash to give them.
‘I told him, I ask you, don’t hurt her. I repeated it. He told me, don’t worry, we are here for money. I repeated another time, please don’t hurt her. He told me: Keep calm and all will be OK. Don’t move or make a sound.
‘One of the gang kept telling her to shut up. I put my hand on her shoulder and told her to be calm. I said, you have to be silent, you know. She sat down on the bed. She asked me, are we going to die? I said, I don’t know, how can I know?'
‘She said, I have family and babies. I told her, me too, I have one son. And she began to scream again. That’s why he put the tape on her mouth. A long piece of tape, all the way round her head.’
Describing the moment robbers targeted Kim, Abdulrahman told MailOnline:
‘We got to her bedroom and slid open the Door. She was in her bed. Before we opened the door, she heard a noise and began to say, hello? hello? I assume she thought it was her sister. The intonation of her voice changed when there was no answer, I felt she was worried. After that, one of them opened the door. The other one was fastened to me.
‘He attacked her, holding his gun in her face. She was crying, she was screaming, saying, don’t kill me, I have babies, don’t kill me, please, I have babies! I’m a mom! Take whatever you want! She seemed terrified. She was wearing a white bathrobe and her hair was tied up.’
In a hotel room in Paris, Abdulrahman is visibly nervous as he recalls the chilling moment he realised he was about to become the victim of a vicious robbery gang.
The ordeal began at 2:35am, he recalled, when three men dressed in police uniforms appeared at the glass doors within the hotel complex.
‘I was behind the desk. The glass door was closed but not locked, and they told me to open the door, making a motion behind the door,’ he said.
In the first seconds, I thought they were policemen making an arrest,’ he said. ‘I told them, I’m working here, what is wrong? After that he questioned me, where is the Security video? At that time, I knew it was a robbery.
‘I saw the police uniforms, the hats, also the jackets with reflective badges, like the police have. All perfect. So I came to open it and just when I opened it, they grabbed me and handcuffed me.’ Two of the gang were wearing balaclavas, he added, and the third had a high collar pulled up to his eyes.
‘In the first seconds, I thought they were policemen making an arrest,’ he said. ‘I told them, I’m working here, what is wrong? After that he questioned me, where is the security video? At that time, I knew it was a robbery.’
Describing how the robbers forced him to the floor and handcuffed him, Abdulrahman said:
‘At first I looked at them and one got very angry. He told me to put my head down and never look at him again. He repeated, never, never look at me, or I will kill you. I saw that two of them had guns, so I just looked down.
‘They were very violent, shaking me, making me lie down on the floor. In the first minute, I was on the floor, handcuffed with my hands in front. It was very scary.’